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Meet some of the authors appearing at Stafford LitFest 2020 at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.
David Hyner

David Hyner

Appearing during session 3 at 1.45-4pm

David Hyner is a researcher, award winning speaker, no.1 fiction and non-fiction author and publisher.

He has written over 40 books in his own name and under pen names, and has published over 100 kindle titles, 80+ audio books and 5 video courses.

He is looking forward to sharing how he sells and markets his self-published books.

Philip Modiano

Philip Modiano

Appearing during session 3 at 1.45-4pm

Philip Modiano has been researching, writing and speaking about Reverend John Louis Petit for the past four years. He believes the stories of his lost art and heroic lone opposition to the gothic revival can be inspiring to a modern generation and is delighted to have an audience to communicate this to.

His first book Petit’s Tours of Old Staffordshire (2019), combines Petit’s 19th century pictures into tours around forgotten historical sites across the county.

Paul Green

Paul Green

Appearing during session 1 at 10am-11.30am

Paul Green was born in Crewe and lived there before going to Goldsmiths College, London. Here he studied both geography and geology. After completing an MA degree and a teaching qualification he has spent many years in teaching, before retiring in 2010. Paul is looking forward to talking about his current book ‘The Ice Age in Staffordshire’.
Janet Timmis

Janet Timmis

Appearing during session 2 at 12 -1.15pm

Janet Timmis is Stafford born and bred and works as a self-employed designer/developer of technical protective clothing for industry.

She has been happily married for 35 years, with one son and two grandchildren and the Lillyanna stories were inspired by the birth of her first granddaughter and a lifetime love of books and writing.

Chris Boult

Chris Boult

Appearing during session 3 at 1.45-4pm

Chris retired from the probation service in 2015, after thirty years’ experience. He trained in Nottingham in the 1970’s and early 80’s, worked briefly in Social Services served as an Army Officer before joining Staffordshire Probation Service in 1986.

As a qualified trainer, Chris wrote and delivered training and acted as a visiting lecturer at Staffordshire University.

In 2013 Chris indulged a long held ambition to write and published his first book. He has since published seven books in all with an eighth due out later this year.

Emily Rose

Emily Rose

Appearing during session 3 at 1.45-4pm

Emily Rose, the first female Staffordshire Poet Laureate, co-founder of Spoken Word night WordCraft and current Poet in Residence for Lichfield Library, performs regularly across the UK, and recently became one of the National Trust’s commissioned poets for the 2019 People’s Landscapes Project.

With a raw and emotive style, she focuses on intimate experience to create pieces that come from the literal heart of human emotion – frequently tackling resonant subjects such as mental health, personal growth and the complications of human relationships.

Mel Wardle Woodend

Mel Wardle Woodend

Appearing during session 3 at 1.45-4pm

Mel Wardle Woodend is Staffordshire Poet Laureate 2019-2021. A keen reader, writer and bodyboarder, whose work is inspired by her family, animals, the natural world, social, environmental and political events. Mel’s most recent poetry collection ‘Just a Thought’ (2019) is a thought-provoking dyslexia-friendly publication, focusing on mental health.

Rob Francis

Rob Francis

Appearing during session 1 at 10-11.30am

R. M. Francis is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton, and author of five poetry pamphlet collections. His debut novel, ‘Bella’, is out with Wild Pressed Books in March. In October, Smokestack Books are publishing his collection of poems, ‘Subsidence’. He was the inaugural David Bradshaw writer in residence at Oxford University.

Paul Fox

Paul Fox

Appearing during session 3 at 1.45-4pm

Paul Fox. Paul is a former English teacher and now a performance poet. He has worked at Signal Radio in Stoke and for BBC Radio Derby. He has also been featured on TV and national radio. He has given readings at venues ranging from Oxford University to Working Men’s Clubs.
Richard Westwood

Richard Westwood

Appearing during session 1 at 10am-11.30am

Richard Westwood is the winner of the Stroud Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition for 2018. He has also been a contributor to Worcester Literature Festival Flash Fiction anthologies. His comedy novella ‘Ryck Ryder’, is available through Amazon.
Lee Benson

Lee Benson

Appearing during sessions 1 at 10-11.30am and session 2 at 12-1.15pm

Lee Benson – owned a successful contemporary art gallery in Birmingham for over fourteen years.
Having closed her doors, he now concentrates on his creativity, something he had yearned to do from the tender age of 14.

‘Never too late’ is his battle cry.
He now paints in watercolours, enjoys photography and regularly performs on the piano.
He has three novels published – ‘So, you want to own an art gallery’, ‘Where’s your art gallery now’, and the latest ‘Now you’re the artist…deal with it’.
The trilogy are a humorous look at a gallery owners’ journey from selling art to painting; fuelled by wine, women, mad artists and crazy clients.
He is also the author of seven published illustrated books for children
‘The adventures of Henry Egg’
‘The adventures of Shelly Egg’
‘The adventures of Dan Bear with Henry, Shelly and Eggskimo Joe’
‘The adventures of Alien Egg’
‘Six of one, half a dozen of the other’
‘Twelve eggs in a book’

He has performed many of these stories on Television. He has five poetry and silly verse books which mix his naive look at life with a few serious thoughts thrown in in a Milliganesque style. He would like you to know that he is the proud owner of a blue peter badge, presented to him by Biddy Baxter on Blue Peter back in 1986.

Dale Parnell

Dale Parnell

Appearing during session 1 at 10-11.30am

Dale Parnell was born and raised in Norwich, and now lives in Staffordshire with his wife. His first collection of contemporary fantasy short stories, ‘The Green Cathedral’ was self-published in 2017, and since then Dale has gone on to have several short stories and poems featured in a variety of anthologies.

His second collection of short stories, ‘Bramble and Other Stories’ was released in 2019, this time exploring science-fiction and horror as well as fantasy.

Ian Challinor

Ian Challinor

Appearing during session 2 at 12-1.15pm

Ian was a young professional footballer with Stoke City. He began writing his own songs, poems and stories in his early teens.

His first published children’s book was ‘Will Berry – First Encounter’, a sci-fi football story.

‘Good Job, Frog,’ his latest book includes an original song and manuscript, performed by himself.

Phillip Knight

Phillip Knight

Appearing during session 3 at 1.45 - 4pm

Phillip Anthony Knight founded poetry for the people Lichfield, a group dedicated to finding new voices and encouraging honest and experimental poetry.

He co-founded Fishbowl publishing with Emily Rose Galvin to release two charity anthologies, as well as being a part of their poetry duo ‘book club’ who supported international bestseller Sabrina Benaim on her UK tour. He has been a slam and competition winner whilst performing at many events across Staffordshire.

Vania Shepherd

Vania Shepherd

Appearing during session 2 at 12 - 1.15pm

Vania Shepherd moved to Staffordshire from London 25 years ago and has never looked back. She enjoys the Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside, a real contrast to her upbringing in west and central London.

In 2013 Vania started volunteering as part of a walled garden restoration project with a small group of people and has enjoyed one day a week for the last 7 years in the garden. Spending time within the garden walls has inspired her helped her to create characters now featured in ‘The Almost Very Private Garden’.

Vania has more adventures for Percy, Gordon and friends so look out for further tales from the garden in the near future.

Tickets for the event will be available to book through Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LT (https://staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk, Tel: 01785 619080).

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